Dick Devos is well known in the business world for being the President and CEO of Amway. Now after the fact, he has run for governor of Michigan, campaigned with his wife US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and started a second company called The Windquest Group. He is also an avid pilot, which makes sense why he want to work with the Federal Aviation Administration in his next venture.
Devos joined the Management Advisory Council last year for the FAA after he was invited. He would be the 13th member to join. The other members come from transportation authority and airline executive backgrounds. So how does Devos fit in? For one, he has been flying for many years and has several pilot licenses. He is also an avid promoter of aviation education and even co-founded an aviation charter school in Michigan with his wife.
The West Michigan Aviation Academy is a charter school located in Grand Rapids. Its campus is on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport grounds. Most people recognize Devos for being a businessman through sports arenas and performing arts, but Devos has contributed much to the aviation world as well. He has worked with several airlines to achieve an expansion at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in particular.
However, Devos’ history with the international airport starts back in the 1990s, when he wanted to help the CEO get the airport back on its feet. The airline industry has always gone up and down, but Devos saw real promise in creating a business traveler airport in Grand Rapids. He reached out to several airline executives wanting to see if they would be interested in working with him on expanding at the airport. He eventually got Air Tran Airways to expand in the early 2000s, followed by Southwest.
However, his biggest move was to help the airport expand with a $45 million renovation deal that will be completed this 2018. The deal includes a new food court, new terminals, and a huge business traveler center. The whole point is to bring back new interest in the airport and make sure that it continues to thrive.
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